He is a blue cat Yo-kai with a white chest, muzzle, and paw tips. His nose and inner-ear are dull pink and facial expression is in contrast from most of the Cat Yo-kai. At the centre of his forehead is a white scar. He wears a dull grey belt which has a swirled sphere on it, and a long red cloth worn as a cloak.
Hovernyan also has another form, called Meganyan. Which causes him to turn into that if he overeats too much, as revealed in Yo-kai Watch 3.
Hovernyan has a very righteous personality, doing what's right often and standing up for his friends. Hovernyan is shown to be very patient, but after a while, he can lose focus of the task he is given. He is also very embarrassed about becoming Meganyan. He is seen to act very childishly as seen in the movie when introducing the "Rewind Stone" and made his own sound effects. He has strange ways of doing normal things.
He is a friend of Nathan's grandfather, Nathaniel. In the games, if Katie is selected as the playable character, He is a friend of her grandfather, Kenny.
Hovernyan has the ability to fly, and in the movie, throw balls of energy and coats his fists in it. As well as this, he has the ability to morph into a cat.
When Nathan and Nathaniel borrow all the other Yo-kai's strength, Hovernyan is transformed into his grittier, more powerful version, Darknyan.
Yo-kai Watch 2
Scan Hovernyan's QR Code at Piggleston Bank to obtain the Keepsake Cap, which will make Hovernyan appear. He is found in the Ninja Forest by Harrisville in the past, where he can be battled once a day until he's befriended through the regular method.
Yo-kai Watch Blasters
Yo-kai Watch 3
Hovernyan can be befriended in the quest Blasters Boot Camp!, available after Chapter 10. The player must talk to Sgt. Burly at the Yo-kai Blasters house and run to Lord Enma's palace. There, the player will have to catch twenty-five Yo-kai within three minutes. After the player manages to do so, Hovernyan will fight you, and afterwards, be befriended.
Befriended: "It hurts to say it, but that was a good fight. Let's be friends, you and I."
Loafing: "Time for a break."
Receiving food (favourite): "Now that's good!"
Receiving food (normal): "Thanks, I guess."
Receiving food (disliked): "I am NOT eating that."
Freed from the Crank-a-kai (Yo-kai Watch: Wibble Wobble): "Thank you for setting me free. I think we're going to be great friends!"
In the anime
In Yo-kai Watch: The Movie, Hovernyan appears as Meganyan, then later becomes Hovernyan when he deflates. During the final battle, he transforms into Darknyan with the help of all the Yo-kai (excluding Jibanyan and Whisper).
He also made appearances as a major Yo-kai during M02 and M03. For the second movie, he appeared mainly during the fifth chapter of the movie. In the third movie, he appears mainly alongside Nate.
Hovernyan later made his debut in the TV anime series in the episode Yo-kai Misterr Typoo, where he and other cat Yo-kai were summoned all together due to Misterr Typoo's power changed the Robonyan F's Dream medal's name to 'Nyan'. Strangely, he is the only cat Yo-kai who didn't participate with other cat Yo-kai in beating up Nate and Whisper when the former accidentally upsetting them by saying that he summoned all of them for nothing.
After 199 episodes, Hovernyan finally made his debut in EP200.
"Hovernyan" is a combination of hover and nyan, the Japanese onomatopoeia for a cat's meow.
"Fuyunyan" is similar, but instead combines with fuyū (Japanese: 浮遊,"floating").
This Yo-kai's appearance could be inspired by the Japanese Tokusatsu hero Kamen Rider and possibly Riderman.
He is the first highest-ranked partner Yo-kai, the second being Usapyon.
He is a wandering spirit as opposed to an earthbound spirit like Jibanyan, however Jibanyan (Shadowside) is a wandering spirit as well.
His Japanese name sounds like fuyu (冬), which means winter in English. It could be a reference to the fact that Hovernyan mostly appears as a movie-exclusive character, that usually comes out during the winter season in Japan.
This is made fun of in EP200, where he says that he only comes during the winter.
In Yo-kai Watch 3, his Soultimate was renamed from Gusty Cross Paw to Gutsy Cross Paw. It's unknown if it was a typo or not.
In the dubbed movie, during the scene where Hovernyan calls Nathaniel's and Nate's attention after Dame Dedtime turns into Dame Demona, the sub-captions refer to him as Robonyan, in spite of Robonyan not even appearing in that scene.
In the American-Spanish dub of the first movie, he is called Levinyan. This was actually the early name of Hovernyan in the European-Spanish version of Yo-kai Watch 2 before it was changed.